“Mom, let’s come back and spend the entire day here. That was so fun,” Daley declared after three hours of outdoor winter fun at the Bayfront Family Center. The City of Duluth’s Park and Recreation department run the center, which offers equipment to use free-of-charge while at Bayfront Park. They have snowshoes, sleds, ice-skates and a few cross-country skis.
Always up for outdoor fun, Daley and Finley wanted to try everything. Finley was especially attracted to the bear-paw snowshoes.
Both kids enjoyed the small sledding hill. While the snow was sparse, it was thrillingly icy.
One thing I love about kids is that they can find fun in the littlest of things. While Finley loved having her brother pull her on the sled through the open area, it was the little bump of snow along the walkway that brought them both endless joy.
We then warmed up in the heated warming house by the gas fireplace. It has lots of benches and bathrooms. Finley quickly befriended two young women playing cards who kindly included her in a game of Go Fish.
Daley’s favorite activity was ice skating. The “pipe thing” allowed him to whiz around the rink. Being a master shoveler, he also enjoyed helping keep the rink clear.
Equipment Interested in trying out one of these outdoor activities? It’s free! The warming house has several bins of snowshoes for both adults and kids. Also, they stock many different sizes of ice-skates. Sadly, the cross-country ski selection is slim. Pamela Page, Recreation Specialist, would happily accept donations of used cross-country skis (you can email her at email@example.com). Just think, those skis that have been sitting in your garage for years could be what sparks the love of winter sports in a young Duluthian. In fact, while we were there, Daley met three middle-school boys who were ice skating for the first time. Thanks, City of Duluth, for supporting physical activity and the outdoors for all of our children!
For more information and hours, check out the Parks and Recreation website.
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